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Marcelo Bielsa casts doubt over Raphinha ahead of Burnley/Provides fresh Phillips update

Marcelo Bielsa casts doubt over Raphinha ahead of Burnley/Provides fresh Phillips update

 

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has, on Thursday, provided a fresh fitness update on his squad.

Clarets clash

Bielsa and co. are set to return to action on Saturday afternoon.

The Whites will make the trip to Turf Moor, for a Premier League showdown with Burnley.

The clash, in truth, is of little importance to either side, with Sean Dyche’s Clarets now assured of another campaign in the top-flight, sitting a full 12 points clear of the relegation zone.

Marcelo Bielsa casts doubt over Raphinha ahead of Burnley/Provides fresh Phillips update

BRISTOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 04:Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on August 04, 2019 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Leeds, meanwhile, sit in mid-table, having enjoyed a fine debut campaign back in the Premier League.

The Peacocks could, though, yet climb back clear of Arsenal, an achievement which would be widely lauded come the season’s end.

Raphinha from the bench?

In turn, Marcelo Bielsa, ever competitive, will no doubt be keen for his side to build on their impressive downing of Tottenham last time out, with another 3-point haul this weekend.

And, speaking ahead of Leeds’ trip to Lancashire, this afternoon, the Argentine provided a fresh fitness update on his squad.

First, Bielsa confirmed that the trio of Raphinha, Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo, all of whom have spent time on the sidelines of late, are available for selection.

Liam Cooper, meanwhile, is also back in contention to feature:

‘Yes, they are fit. Not having injured players should not be seen as something difficult. I understand what you are asking me.’

‘Having so many options, the decisions become difficult. It’s important to consider to be healthy is the primary condition to opt for a space inside the team.’

Following his initial update, however, Leeds’ boss appeared to cast doubt over whether those to have recently returned to fitness – including Raphinha – will be utilised from the off on Saturday:

 

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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